Sun Herald Newspaper Interview
I was recently interviewed for the November 14, 2013 edition of the Sun Herald, a newspaper covering the Biloxi-Gulfport and Mississippi Gulf Coast areas, about an individual’s addiction to prescription pain medicine and his subsequent addiction to Suboxone. During the interview, I was simply told that it was a “famous person from the Gulf Coast.” I kind of figured the interview was about the bass player from Three Doors Down who was charged with vehicular manslaughter earlier this year, but the “individual” turned out to be Michael Grimm, the 2010 winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Since I never really kept up with the show, I was not familiar with him. Although, the story is no longer posted on the Sun Herald’s website – at least I can’t seem to find it anymore – over the last several weeks I have googled my name along with “Sun Herald” and it has been really interesting to see how many news syndicates have picked up the initial story since then.
TLDR: I’m almost famous.
Poets, Politicians, and Other Famous Relatives
So, it turns out that I may have a few “famous” relatives. A few Christmases ago, I was back home in Meridian, MS around my family and the topic of the family tree came up as it often does around Christmas for some reason. I suppose it is a natural time for the family to talk about the family when we are all together and sharing in the holiday spirit and all of that. When my grandparents started discussing their parents, grandparents, war stories and such, I grabbed a pen and paper and started furiously writing down what I could retain without asking them to slow down or repeat themselves. Something I have learned over the last few years: when an older generation starts talking, you should listen. Once you get through some of the uncomfortable memes of yesteryear, there is usually some good advice buried somewhere in the word soup. As they were talking about our family, I scribbled out a rudimentary tree that captured the names and branches I heard them say. If I could not fit someone nicely in the tree, they became a bush on their own until I knew where to connect them to the big tree. keep reading…